Religious conflict between Christians and Muslims erupts during the last days of Suharto’s regime. Namira and her parents live on Kei Kecil Island when fighting breaks out. The Kei people live in harmony regardless of religion. Namira, a Muslim, loses both her parents and must flee.
Sala, a young Protestant, leaves home after his mother is murdered. He meets Namira at a refugee camp and the two fall in love before being separated by the continuing violence.
The unexplainable violence threatens the islanders’ survival. Namira travels by boat to Makassar, and taken in by a mother and daughter, while Sala goes to Jakarta and is ensnared by Boss Yo’s gang of debt collectors. He commits murder for hire after Namira’s life is threatened.
The violence on Kei is settled through the power of Kei tradition that prohibits fighting except for defending a woman’s honor and one’s property.
Namira returns home and reunites with her best friend, a Christian. Sala flees from the police and dies from a wound onboard a ship sailing toward home.